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Postcapitalism: A Guide to our Future - Public Lectures - Events - Newcastle University
"The strength of Marxism in the 19th and 20th centuries is that it offered a plausible economic narrative as to the way out of capitalism; there were revolutionary and gradual versions, and you could hang your angry hat on either. But the point was — a clearly mapped escape route from capitalism.

I think the inability of the left to achieve things since the global protest movements began in 1999 at Seattle is down to its subconscious belief that there is no alternative to capitalism. There are ways to survive, to live despite capitalism. But when it comes to the big stuff, in the movement, there is this haunting phrase: refusal to win.

Its logical to refuse to win if you think victory means a step back to a state run economy and a hierarchical society and a male dominated, discipline obsessed workforce.

The postcapitalism thesis says there is a different route.

The main contradiction today is between the possibility of free, abundant goods and information and a system of monopolies, banks and governments trying to keep things private, scarce and commercial. Everything comes down to the struggle between the network and the hierarchy, between old forms of society moulded around capitalism and new forms of society that prefigure what comes next.

I believe those who will prosecute that struggle are not just the anticaptialists and the global justice movements. Everybody who values the planet, their individuality, their privacy, their freedom to communicate, their sexuality — has the interest in the rise of a society based on sharing, co-operation, low work hours and common ownership of information.

What we need are not slogans, demands, more anger — but a project plan we can test 186 million times over to move the economy from a market system that is failing, via a long transition where market and non-market economies co-exist, towards one based on abundance: free information, cheap things, short working time, renewable energy and where the finance system provides social accountancy not repeated episodes of chaos."
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october 2015 by petej

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